Voice Platform and Support Network for Families of Missing and Victims of Crime
Attention good people in the State of South Carolina, please write/phone/email to the following Congressmen and Senators and ask them to support and cosponsor the Help Find the Missing Act "Billy's Law," HR 1300 / SR 702. If you need help with a letter there is a letter template below for your use.
|South Carolina Reps (Congressmen)|
|2||Wilson, Joe||R||202-225-2452||Armed Services|
|Education and the Workforce|
|3||Duncan, Jeff||R||202-225-5301||Foreign Affairs|
|4||Gowdy, Trey||R||202-225-6030||Education and the Workforce|
|Oversight and Government Reform|
|6||Clyburn, James E.||D||202-225-3315||Assistant Democratic Leader|
SOUTH CAROLINA Senators
|DeMint, Jim - (R - SC)||Class III|
|167 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510|
|Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC)||Class II|
|290 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510|
|Web Form: lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Em...|
NOTE: Remember this is a sample letter, All the facts are here use some of it, part of it, and in some cases if you have to use it all. In the letter you will see (Insert your personal story ) make sure you do this, when you are finished have it be your own.
TEMPLATE LETTER: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Senator [or Congressman],
I am writing this letter in support of pending legislation, the Help Find the Missing Act - Billy's Law (HR 1300 / SR 702). According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 4,000 unidentified remains are discovered each year.
After one year, 1,000 of these bodies remain unidentified. With tens of thousands of people reported missing each year, it is likely that a family member, friend, or loved one is looking for that unidentified person and simply can't find them due to the absence of a cooperative effort by law enforcement across the country.
Some law enforcement agencies have a lackadaisical attitude when they receive a report for the “voluntarily missing” and often there is very little effort to search for them. The problem is when the case goes long term. If there is any follow-up at all, often it is long after the initial report. Often those long term cases have not been resolved because the missing person has died and their remains lay unidentified in a county morgue or cemetery.
(Insert personal story)
The problem we face is there is no national protocol in play to assist investigators to bridge the gap between missing persons and unidentified persons cases.
The Help Find the Missing Act will bridge the gap.
The National Missing Persons and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is by far becoming one of the best ways for the public and law enforcement agencies across the country to work together to help bring missing loved ones home! Since its launch the database of unidentified decedents and missing persons has proved essential in solving many cases. With the passing of Billy's Law, this number only stands to grow. Unfortunately, without the funding of Billy's Law not all law enforcement agencies are able to allocate the resources necessary to use the NamUs system.
The passing of Billy's Law would make it possible for agencies across the country to input information on their unidentified decedents, increasing the number of case resolutions and potentially bringing closure to families of missing persons all across our country.
I support this funding and hope that you do as well. I respectfully urge you to pass HR 1300 / SR 702 when it comes before you.
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